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I've been a real, well, "hardcore" gamer for the last 6 years or so. Before that, I played a good amount, sure, but not nearly as much as after playing Twilight Princess for the first time. In any case, In these past 6 years, I think I've come far, and have gotten myself rooted in the industry well(as in, knowledge wise), compared to people my age who grew up playing N64's. In that time, I've also played a lot of games, going all the way back to the original Zelda, and trying to play most of what are considered the best games of all time. However, I still have a long way to go.
Today, I thought I'd take a look at some of the more notable titles/series I have missed. Some entries will be an entire series, while some others are just single titles.
10. Street Fighter II
I have never liked fighting games, besides Super Smash Bros, and I most likely never will. They're just not very fun to me, personally, and I just can't get into them. I tried to play Mortal Kombat 9 against my girlfriend, and hated it. It just felt stilted and slow, and wasn't very fun. After that experience, I don't really have any interest in every dipping my toes in a fighting game...except for this.
9. Banjo Kazooie
While I've barely played any N64 titles, besides Pokemon Snap!, Ocarina of Time, and Majora's Mask, the lack of Rare's beloved title is a little notable. I don't honestly see myself every playing this game unless it drops on Wii U's VC(which is doubtful at this point, considering Rare is producing Kinect titles). It's just one of those niche titles that I've never gotten around to, and a lot of people like it...so...yeah. :P
8. Any Sega Console Game
This is hopefully not surprising to people, since I've previously stated that I really started to game about 6-7 years ago. I don't know anyone who's owned a Saturn, Dreamcast, Genesis, or anything. This means I haven't played Sonic, or Blue Stinger(har har), or anything notable on these systems. A lot of gamers of my generation probably haven't played one of these consoles either, but that doesn't matter much to me, as I want to gain a diverse look at the industry, and I'm missing several consoles that existed while I was still a kid.
7. Resident Evil 1-3
While I'm not the most arduous survival horror fan, I love the genre itself. The concepts that have come out of it dealing with psychological horror are some of the coolest ideas I think we've seen in gaming. Fighting with limited resources, when balanced, is suppose to be an arduous but engaging affair, which is what I look for in games I guess. I want to have a challenge, but have fun while doing so is very important(well...I guess that's obvious...). In any case, the original Resident Evil trilogy set the standard for this sort of gameplay genre, and influenced Resident Evil 4...which influenced Dead Space, which I love...their existence has influenced so much in our industry, and has let the survival horror community grow into a large fanbase. The only thing that stops me from trying them is that I know I will hate the controls most likely, and have others to play.
6. World of Warcraft
I am not an MMO player. Lots of gamers aren't, and haven't touched one ever. I've played only one. I don't feel guilty for abstaining from Blizzard's title, since so many others haven't, but it does feel weird never diving deep into the MMO genre, and this really is the ticket to doing it, as it is the most successful.
5. Any RTS/MOBA game
This is a genre that has never gripped my attention(save joking about whether or not DOTA is better than LOL with my PC friends. The popularity of the genre today with those games is astronomical with the aforementioned games, and Starcraft and stuff. I don't really even understand the genre, so I can't really hate on it. There is 0% chance I ever play one of these games...so yeah, I guess I won't ever really have a complete knowledge of gaming..but then, who does?
4. Any Final Fantasy Besides VI and XIII
You're awesome Cloud...but we've never interacted with each other...
Final Fantasy is a series I respect: my girlfriend loves it, as well as a lot of other people. So far though, I've only played VI and XIII, barely getting into either. I've always planned on playing VII some day, but at this time, it's doubtful. As for the rest of the series...well, there are so many of the games, that it's hard to think of somewhere to start, and I have no real desire to try any of them(again, except VII). I will most definitely get around to VI at some point, but as for now, my interaction with the JRPG giant is minimal.
3. Super Metroid
I have hard time putting this in, as the fact will change within the next couple of moths(thank you Wii U VC). However, hearing Andy and Joe rant about this game being perfect during the Super Metroid Super Replay makes me think I should include it, as it probably is the most notable Nintendo game I've never touched.
2. Any PS3 Game
I have held a PS3 Dualshock in my hands twice: once, at a friend's house playing COD and Fifa(yes, yes, those are titles I don't play-we were doing a project and got bored), and at a Best Buy trying out Uncharted 3. This means I haven't played Heavy Rain, inFAMOUS, God of War III(or the first two, for that matter), PSABR, or any other notable PS3 exclusive. Granted, I am planning on buying a PS3(maybe a PS4, still waiting for the price to decide), but this fact is a bit shameful to me.
1. Any Rockstar Game, besides Max Payne
Some people are most likely shaking their heads at this one. But yes, I have never played Red Dead Redemption, or Manhunt, or Grand Theft Auto. And I only have a desire to play Manhunt, of all of those. While I kind of like open-world games, I've never really found any that got to me as...intriguing, per se. I love Lego City: Undercover, but I wanted to play it for the humor and Lego stuff. The only real open-world games I want to play are Prototype and inFAMOUS, because they have crazy powers and stuff. Also, the main reason it seems everyone loves GTA is because you get to be the bad guy, but, here's the thing-I don't like being the bad guy. I know that the world is purely fictional, but I get connected to games more than others sometimes. I feel guilty for betraying people in Zero Escape. I feel guilty for killing people in Fallout. Sure, a couple times, I've gone to the dark side, but when I do...it's with a guilty conscience. Some of you may enjoy walking on the dark side...but that's not me.
So what about you guys? We all have those little blank spots in our gaming space, but some are more glaring than others...aka, everyone who didn't play Zero Escape. ;P I jest. Except I don't. GO PLAY IT. ;)